W-League | Perth Glory win in six-goal thriller

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The Glory women open their season in style with a six goal thriller against Western Sydney Wanderers at NIB Stadium.

Perth Glory scored one of the fastest goals in W-League history, Caitlin Douglas firing home within the first 18 seconds of the match to spectacularly open the scoring.

It was Western Sydney who had the lion’s share of possession in the opening 25 minutes of the first half. Kendall Fletcher was the catalyst for much of the Wanderers play, facilitating quick ball movement around the park.

Perth allowed Western Sydney to play the ball around the pitch for long periods, with Kim and Sarah Carroll leading the defensive charge for the Glory.

The Glory doubled their lead through Rosie Dee Sutton on 22 minutes, after a lengthy goal line scramble enabled a simple tap in for Perth’s number nine.

Western Sydney were relentless in their response, with Fletcher continuing to show her passing prowess, often utilising long diagonal balls in the path of Helen Petinos.

Their first real chance came through Paige Nielsen, when she surprised Perth Glory ‘keeper Melissa Maizels with a fierce shot on 32 minutes, however the attempt smashed against the crossbar.

Helen Petinos continued the fight back for the Wanderers, when Katherine Stengel released her down the right flank, only for her shot to be hit over the cross bar.

Joanne Burgess was able to get one back for the Wanderers on 39 minutes, getting on the end of a Nielsen cross to make it 2-1 heading into the break.

The Wanderers made up for their slow start in the first half by coming out stronger in the second, leveling the score in the 50th minute.

Petinos was on hand to tuck away a clever cross after an exceptional run from Burgess saw her beat two Perth players in the box.

This spurred on the Wanderers further in the second half, who in the moments that followed put together numerous attacks. However it was to be the last bit of joy for the travelling side.

Samantha Kerr exhibited her pace down the right flank for Perth, much to the dismay of Alexis Arlitt, and she was able to put her team ahead in the 67th minute with an absolute peach of a strike.

Wanderers ‘keeper Casey Dumont was left stranded as she attempted to rush Kerr’s shot, however the Matilda’s class was evident, as she powered home her team’s third to make it 3-2.

From that point forward, it was all Perth Glory.

Kerr added Glory’s fourth in the 83rd minute, reacting fastest after Dumont couldn’t hold on to an incoming cross.

It was a special performance by Perth in front of 2011 fans, particularly after only managing 10 goals throughout the whole of last season.

Brisbane Roar head to Perth next week to face Glory in what should be a hotly contested match.

Perth Glory 4
Western Sydney Wanderers 2

NIB Stadium (2011 attendance)

Referee: Kelly Jones
Assistant Referees: Shane Skinner, Arvin Shannuganathan
Fourth Official: Tom Dowle

Perth Glory: 1. MAIZELS Melissa, 2. CARROLL Sarah, 3. CARROLL Kim, 4. MAUTZ Alyssa, 5. CHARALAMBOUS, Patricia, 6. BENNETT Carla, 7. STANTON Nicole, 9. DEE SUTTON Rosie, 14. DOEGLAS Caitlin, 20. KERR Samantha, 22. ROMERO Arianna
Substitutes: 18. DAL BUSCO Gabrielle (GK), 8. BILLAN Shawn, DI BERNARDO Vanessa, 17. RIGBY Natasha.

Western Sydney Wanderers: 22. DUMONT Casey, 2. COOPER Caitlin, 5. PETINOS Helen, 6. FLETHER Kendall, 9. STENGEL Katherine, 10. NIELSEN Paige, 13. AMMENDOLIA Eliza, 14. ARLITT Alexis, 16. ROBERTS Alix, 23. BURGESS Joanne, 3. ORGILL, Nikola
Substitutes: 30. NEWBON Courtney (GK), 4. O’BRIEN Chloe, 17. HANCOCK, Sophie, 18. HRISTODOULOU Angelique

 

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Stewart Marshall
Football lover so feeling lucky to be following Perth Glory for season 16/17.

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